About Mel


Hi! My name is Melissa, but you can call me Mel. It’s a nickname that started 20 or so years ago when my dad thought he was “hip” and “cool” giving me a new nickname. Well, it stuck and now that’s how most know me. :)

I am a professional chef-turned baker. Food is essentially everything to me. From shopping for it to making it to eating it to sharing it. I grew up in Evansville, IN, but have lived in Chicago, Minneapolis and, for the last 12 years, the Virgin Islands where my husband and I worked as captain and chef on sailing catamarans. We recently relocated to Indianapolis, where we can be closer to family and friends and begin a new chapter of our lives (yes, we are aware that we now have to deal with winter…I’ll get back to you on how we feel about that!).

It was during our move back to the States that I decided not only was I ready for a life on land, but a shift in careers. Over the last few years, I’ve been hearing tiny whispers in my head about seriously taking on the world of baking-something my younger self always SWORE I would never do! But with age comes wisdom, right? (at least, that’s what they tell me!)

So baking I began. I spent the summer working in an awesome bakery in Minneapolis, learning a ton about commercial baking and decorating, and when the time came to move to Indiana I began my own business of creating scrumptious specialty cakes and cupcakes. I offer cakes and cupcakes for all your special occasions: birthdays, retirements, baby/bridal showers, office gatherings, client gifts, or maybe just because it’s Thursday and you want CAKE!!

My credentials include an AAS degree in Culinary Arts at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC), several years of working in various restaurants in Chicago-both back and front of the house, cooking on sailing catamarans and yachts in the Caribbean, teaching culinary techniques to fellow Yacht Chefs, and now, baking. Like I said, food is my world and I freaking LOVE it.

So let me bake you a cake. I promise I will create something that lovingly reflects your occasion, made with careful detail as if it were for my own party. And when you get those rave reviews about that “AMAZING CAKE!” you will know you came to the right person.

Interested in chatting about what I can do for you? Click here and let’s get you started!